Flemish green party wants car sector to pay for ‘diesel shift’
The Flemish ecological political party Groen wants the car sector to pay for a ‘diesel shift’, the transit from diesel cars to a greener kind of propulsion or to other means of transport.
This gradual transit has to be supported by some accompanying measures: “Everyone who is ready to abandon his diesel car has to be offered a free and durable alternative”, says Meyrem Almaci, president of the green party.
“That can be a Cambio subscription (car sharing), access to public transport, bike sharing, taxi cheques, etc. Also premiums to buy electrically driven cars are foreseen.”
Car sector has to pay its part
In this scheme the car sector has to pay for earlier mistakes and fraud. “In recent years the sector has been cheating the consumer with diesel cars that pollute far more than promised and admitted”, adds Almaci. “So now they have to contribute to get these diesels out of traffic as soon as possible.”
One big Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
The green party recently proposed to make one big Low Emission Zone (LEZ) for the whole of Flanders. That way the rules are clear for everyone and the concentration of soot can immediately be reduced by 24%, according to calculations made by the party.
The green party also pleads for more open spaces, especially between roads and public buildings like schools, hospitals or homes for elderly people. More parks and woods, more trees and bushes in general have to help to reduce the amount of fine particles in the air.
“Clean air is a human right for everybody”, Almaci concludes. “We have to stop making ourselves ill and we urgently need to create a healthy environment for everyone.”